Image via Eljunco.com
Madrid has quite the reputation for its nightlife. While there are plenty of venues to catch the big names that come through town and fantastic options for flamenco, there are also smaller, more intimate venues. We put together a list of some of the best venues to catch local music acts, check it out:
El Junco mostly offers jazz shows, but also mixes it up with blends like Brazilian bands, rock and flamenco. Another plus? They have an English option for their website.
Plaza Santa Barbara, 10
Metro: Alonso Martinez
Café Populart is a small, but intimate venue. There is no cover charge, but drinks can get a bit pricey. Fortunately, they make one of the best gin and tonics in Madrid, and with free entertainment, its worth it. However, people here are serious jazz fans, so if you’re in the mood to chat, sit near the front door. Oh, and one more thing- call ahead to reserve a table, otherwise you’ll most likely find yourself standing.
Where: Calle Huertas, 42
Metro: Anton Martin
Inside Café Central
This venue opened in 1982 and has since become one of the best places to go to for live jazz. There is usually a cover charge between 5 and 15 Euros depending on the band. They also offer food and excellent cocktails, but call ahead to make a reservation.
Plaza del Angel, 10
Metro: Anton Martin
Imagia via Clamores.com
This is a another great option for jazz enthusiasts. Clamores has been around for 30 years and features both up and coming acts as well as well-know musicians. Check the site for ticket information as purchasing ahead may be required depending on the show.
Calle Alburquerque, 14
If you’re looking for a laid-back kind of place, Libertad 8 is exactly where you need to go. It’s right in the heart of the Chueca neighborhood and is a funky venue that features a variety of live music with a bohemian twist.
Calle de la Libertad, 8
Metro: Gran Via or Chueca
Image via Cafe de la Palma
Café La Palma
Café La Palma is a great place to go for those seeking a more up-beat, young party vibe. They turn the venue into a dance club when not featuring live music, so make sure to check the calendar to see what is playing and when.
Calle de palma, 62
Metro: San Bernardo or Noviciado
So you need a bit of soul in your life? Soul Station has just the cure, each night it brings different bands that play either Blues, Funk, Soul, R&B or Pop. Usually there is no cover charge, but it depends on the band. They also have stand up comedy from 9pm to 10:30pm, so live music does not start until around midnight.
Cuesta de Santo Domingo 22
Metro : Opera or Callao
La Boca del Lobo
There are two locations for La Boca del Lobo, but only this one has live shows and has become one of the best places for live rock shows in Madrid. It also turns into a club when there isn’t live music programmed, check their site for more details
Calle Echegaray, 11
Image via Barco Bar
Barco Bar offers a great array of live music acts. More importantly, their site gives a great description of their featured bands, making it much easier to choose which up and coming bands to go see.
Calle del Barco, 34
Metro: Tribunal or Gran Via